MFA Fine Arts presents a talk by Mei Lum of Wing on Wo & Co. Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Mei Lum is the fifth-generation owner of her family’s 92-year-old porcelain ware business and the oldest operating store in New York City's Chinatown, Wing on Wo & Co. (W.O.W). In early 2016, her family’s building and business was on the brink of sale. In an effort to resist against contributing to the process of gentrification in Chinatown, Mei decided to take on the role of running W.O.W to continue her family’s five-generation-long legacy in the neighborhood and help protect the heart of Chinatown from encroaching gentrifying forces. Since May 2016, Mei has been working to bring community members' concerns of a rapidly changing Chinatown into a space for dialogue through her work with The W.O.W Project, a community initiative reclaiming ownership over Chinatown's future by reviving, protecting and encouraging Chinatown's creative culture through arts, culture and activism. This past year, Mei was recognized as an emerging voice in the APA community from NBC Asian America and was one of the honorees at the Museum of Chinese in America's Annual Community Heroes Celebration. Currently, Mei is a National Art Strategies' Creative Community Fellow where she is working to build a socially-minded business model for W.O.W that supports the future growth of The W.O.W Project.